December 19, 2021
Tourist travelers are banned, which means its ski resorts in Bavaria are not accessible. A similar movement follows from France and there are concerns that other Alpine nations are following suit. NEW
Germany has a handful of ski resorts in the Alps, the most famous being Garmish Parterkirchen, near the Zugspitz mountain.
They are now prohibited for UK skiers and snowboarders.
German nationals and residents will be allowed to enter the country with a negative test and a 2 week quarantine period, whether or not they have been vaccinated.
The new rules come into effect Sunday evening.
France and Germany are also on Germany’s “high risk” list with travel restrictions.
German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said he expected the Omicron variant to trigger a “massive fifth wave” of the pandemic.
He said Germany needs to prepare for a challenge “that we have never seen in this form before”.
UK skiers and snowboarders have already been banned from taking holidays in France.
On Saturday 17 December, the UK recorded 90,418 daily cases.
On Sunday, December 18, there were 760 confirmed cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period.
Germany has 348.
Among the Alpine nations, Switzerland is out of 557, Austria 246 and Italy 262.
In the Pyrenees, Andorra is 1437 with Spain on 263.
In Scandinavia, it is on the rise in Norway, which reports 629 cases.
Sweden has 210 and Finland 222.
The eyes of UK skiers and snowboarders are now on what other skiing nations may be doing in the coming days and what impact that could have on Christmas trips to the mountains and those planned for the New Years.
Some believe that once the virus begins to spread in the community, travel bans are largely ineffective.
Others argue that they have an impact and save valuable time.
The economic impact is clearer with hard-hit mountain communities.
The BBC examined the impact of the ban on British tourists in Chamonix, France.
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